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Enjoying The Last Word

CAL Rewind, ALSC's Children & Libraries

ALSC’s journal Children and Libraries (CAL) offers scholarly articles, practical pieces on library programming and services, and interviews with award-winning authors and illustrators, among other content. But, did you know that CAL also has a feature called “The Last Word?” A short and sweet feature on the last page of the issue, The Last Word, over the years, has highlighted upbeat, human interest essays that celebrate the spirit of childhood, reading and libraries. And, who can’t use some lightheartedness right now? Take a little quiet time to curl up with your favorite beverage and phone, tablet or laptop to enjoy these short stories from the front, which have populated the very back of Children and Libraries. The Path to Poetry The Last Word: Pitching Poetry by Laura Purdie Salas According to children’s author and poet Laura Purdie Salas, poetry gives so much to readers. Its powerful language builds better readers…

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Good Things Come in Pairs — Couples Who Collaborate

CAL Rewind, ALSC's Children & Libraries

Everyone knows it: good things come in pairs. Peanut butter and jelly, hugs and kisses, fun and games, Batman and Robin. The same holds true in children’s literature. A strong author/illustrator team is behind many great books for kids. And, quite a few of these creators have teamed up in their personal lives as well as in their work. Enter…Couples Who Collaborate—Children and Libraries’ feature interview with thriving author/illustrator partners. Couples Who Collaborate has been sharing stories and insights from these dynamic duos for several years now. In this CAL Rewind, we present several interviews from 2018. Team Ransome at Work & Play Couples Who Collaborate: James Ransome and Lesa Cline-Ransome by Jennifer Gibson James Ransome and Lesa Cline-Ransome are a prolific creative team. They have produced numerous award-winning picture books together. Their collaborative titles include Satchel Paige, Quilt Alphabet, Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass, and…

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Successful Library Partnerships in Action

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Collaboration among organizations can build community awareness, enable resource sharing, and create positive synergy. Here is a sampling of Children and Libraries articles that highlight successful library partnerships. Click on each article link to read the full story about these creative relationships. Community/Library Partnership Together We’re Stronger: Helping Missoula’s Families All Under One Roof by Pam Carlton Libraries are the place to go for information and entertainment. Joining forces with community partners allows libraries to reach an even larger and more diverse population. Knowing this, the Missoula (MT) Public Library embraced an opportunity to collaborate with the Missoula Food Bank and University of Montana. The result: a dynamic learning center, EmPower Place, at the food bank facility. This “all under one roof” partnership model allowed the three organizations to collaborate and contribute their unique strengths in the creation of the space. EmPower Place’s grand opening was held in 2017, and had…

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Fascinating Worlds of Children’s Lit: Adventures from the Baldwin Library

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Along with feature articles, interviews, and columns, did you know Children and Libraries also features reports written by ALSC’s Bechtel Fellowship winners? The Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship provides a grant of up to $4,000 for a children’s librarian to spend up to four weeks reading and studying at the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature of the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville. And, during their visits, Bechtel winners enter some fascinating worlds of story and illustration. In this edition of CAL Rewind, we highlight Bechtel stories from past winners: Bridgid Mangan, Wendy Stephens, and Angela Reynolds. Who knows…maybe they will inspire a future Bechtel winner or two. (Bechtel Fellowship 2020 applications are still open!) The Many Faces of Little Red The Better to See You With: Peering into the Story of Little Red Riding Hood, 1695–1939 by Angela J. Reynolds Meet Little Red Riding Hood. She’s been around…

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Rewind on Summer Reading and Learning

CAL Rewind, ALSC's Children & Libraries

I know I don’t need to tell you that summer reading and learning programs are a mainstay at public libraries across the country. It’s no surprise then that ALSC’s journal, Children and Libraries, features many an article to support librarians with all aspects—planning to evaluation—of this celebrated, annual undertaking. Why not take a break from putting the finishing touches on your own summer planning and read these hand-picked articles that address various facets of the summer reading and learning experience. They may provide valuable food for thought for your 2020 summer program planning. Engaging Students with the Library Dream It, Write It, Share It: How One Library Engages Students’ Summer Learning Program Interest by Melanie Lewis When Summer Reading program participation waned at the Mint Hill Branch of the Charlotte (NC) Mecklenburg Library, the children’s services team took action and devised an approach for increasing the program’s visibility and participation. The…

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Welcome to CAL Rewind!

CAL Rewind, ALSC's Children & Libraries

CAL Rewind is a new, semi-regular blog post dedicated to sharing past articles from Children and Libraries: The Journal of ALSC (CAL). Articles presented in each Rewind are accessible to all online and chosen around a theme or article type. CAL content is diverse, from academic pieces and interviews, to columns written by ALSC committees and reports from Bechtel Award winners about their experience at the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature. CAL Rewind will showcase the journal’s range of content, revisiting past stories that present valuable research, enlightening conversations with children’s book creators, innovative programming ideas, and more. And, speaking of programming ideas! The articles below, picked for our inaugural CAL Rewind, provide the ins and outs of some truly engaging programs and activities that nurture creativity and curiosity in young people. Innovative Library Programs Theater Camp Exit Stage Left: Bringing out the Bard at Library Drama Camp by…

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Everyday Advocacy Has Lots to Offer

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With National Library Legislative Day (May 7-8) just about a month away, this seems an appropriate time to remind everyone about Everyday Advocacy (EA)! Are you familiar with EA? According to ALSC’s EA website, Everyday Advocacy is “a grassroots effort that starts with you and the incredible things you’re already doing for the youth and families you serve.” Consider Everyday Advocacy an antidote to the advocacy intimidation factor! Need more convincing? Just take another (or first) look at the site. It truly is filled with resources compiled to help you get comfortable in the role of advocate or to get inspired to do more in the way of advocacy. Here’s just a small sampling of what you will find at the Everyday Advocacy site: Be Informed | The Power of Stories Human beings learn through stories. A well-told story is an extremely compelling way to convey your message, which will…

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Articles about Fairy Tales Also Provide Good Reading!

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With fifteen volumes of Children and Libraries now in the books, I recently was prompted to revisit past issues of the journal online. While browsing through old tables of contents, I was reminded of how much I enjoy articles about fairy tales. There is something that still intrigues me about these old, traditional stories about dark woods, evil queens, and magic spells! So much so that I enjoy curling up to read not only these grand old tales themselves, but also the more contemporary, academic writings ABOUT these stories! Below is a sampling of CAL articles that explore the art, appeal, and history of fairy tales. Illustrator Extraordinaire: Bechtel Fellow Enthralled by Arthur Rackham by Brigid Mangan https://journals.ala.org/index.php/cal/article/view/6336/8294 Where Fantasy and Facts Meet: Fairy Science Books from 1870 to 1900 by Natalie Ziarnik https://journals.ala.org/index.php/cal/article/view/5693/7074 Perennially Popular: The Appeal of Classic Fairy Tales for Children by Pauline Dewan https://journals.ala.org/index.php/cal/article/view/5991/7635 What kinds…